Skip to comments.Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails
Posted on 06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT by NYRepublican72
In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an endless conspiracy theory by Republicans.
Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what Congress had been told privately: that emails of Lerner and six other relevant IRS officials have been irretrievably lost because of crashes of their hard drives and servers.
Koskinen defended not telling Congress in numerous previous appearances about the email losses. In those appearances, he assured Congress that all the Lerner emails would be provided. Koskinen says his testimony at that time wasnt dishonest because he was going to provide all the emails we had. He also said that he wasnt fully aware of the crashed hard drives and the status of the lost emails until April or May.
Koskinen argued that he has been honest and transparent and that the fuss today is a result of us providing you a full accounting.
Why should anyone believe you? asked Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
I want to apologize to you for the way youve been treated this morning, said Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Maryland) to Koskinen. Cummings then offered Koskinen time to say whatever he wanted.
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Maybe the IRS should start apologizing to folks that get audited, but "lose" their receipts due to a "computer crash."
Sorry Mr. Taxpayer for accusing you of lying and pestering you. Don't worry about those penalties and interest. We offended your sensibilites. That'll happen, right?
Did anyone ask if citizens can claim their records are lost when questioned/audited by the IRS?
This cummings fool should apologize to America for wasting a representative’s seat. He is a shameless degenerate.
The behavior of the democrats is the most damning thing about it.
They treated the IRS as if it were some kind of poor oppressed federal agency while repeatedly attacking the American people.
“and called the investigation an endless conspiracy theory by Republicans.”
There we have it, folks. It’s officially a “phoney scandal.” Expect the media to take it’s cue.
What an embarrassment. Like they don’t have voters that have been screwed by the IRS.. When they used to work anyway..
The federal government is irredeemably corrupt.
Sorry we treated you like a liar. We should have treated you like the criminal you are.
Cummings is involved up to his neck in this, of course he want to call it a conspiricy theory and make it go away.
Leave the IRS alone!!!
Apology not accepted until that Obamahole becomes a “mama” in your local federal prison.
I knew it was a mistake to allow any Rats on the investigation.
This whole pony show is being orchestrated by the dems. Stall until it blows over. Blow it over ASAP with help from the media. A few shiny objects flash here and there to distract the public and the RINOs will do as their told.
“As IRS boss refuses to apologize, US reps, Katie Pavlich give him well-deserved hell”
“What I didn’t hear in that statement is an apology to this Committee” -Chairman Camp #IRS
Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich)
“I don’t think an apology is owed” -Koskinen
And the total amount of emails that were then on hand was between hardly-anything and none. With a tendency towards the none part of that range.
It's the ol' "between Slim and none" defense, with Slim having just left town.
This IRS commissioners smugness will not play to the unwashed masses.
Cummings isn’t a fool, he’s a co-conspirator. Previous hearings have shown his office was in improper contact with the IRS to obtain info on some of the targeted organizations.
He is a co-conspirator. However, that does not preclude his being a fool.
This must be Bush’s fault some how.
I still can’t believe the Repubs are focused on the hard drive of a laptop. What about her desktop computer, firewall logs, exchange server logs and the offsite backup media? That’s where you can find the evidence. The hard drive crash is a distraction.
What makes you think Cummings' constituents pay taxes?
We’re back to “what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
Someone hand deliver some computers and networks for absurdly stupid clueless beaten down gope books.
What do you expect. Democratic lawmakers do not represent the taxpayers of this country.
Before he got elected, some may have had to work, ;-)
They can try to claim phony scandal....this scandal is the one the public can understand...
But how much of the public even knows about it beyond political junkies. Most people get their news on tv, and ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC have ignored it. The newspapers, if they do mention it, have it buried in a tiny paragraph on page 17. If you asked a random person on the street what they think about this, they would probably say they don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.
Make a campaign commercial out of it. Show the attacks of the IRS on ordinary citizens then show the Democrats apologizing to the IRS for being held accountable.
The State governments need to press charges against these guys. It’s the only way we will get these guys in jail.
OMGosh sickening. I saw Ryan and the one from Ohio, R’s but not the D’s. Probably saved my tv from being damaged.
I wanted to slap that smug look off of his FACE. DISGUSTING.
Of course the dems will apologize to the IRS and defend it at all costs. Ideologically they are joined at the hip, fellow travelers in the larger totalitarian scheme.
Great balls of fire I’m bodacious!
Great balls of fire I’m a liar!
Great ball of fire I’m ostentatious!
I’m shred shred shreddin with all of my might !
I think that was John Lewis, not Cummings. Anyone?
The republicans should say “You democrats aren’t apologizing for us. If you are, you’re going to be very busy today.”
It amazes me that there’s not one honest democrat on capital hill.
When that ‘rat said “I thought we were having a hearing, not a trial”, Ryan should have retorted with “then why are you democrats acting like defense attorneys instead of investigators?”
I would have said “You better hope a republican is not elected president in 2016 because I will hound him to have the DOJ prosecute you and send your ass to jail. Of course, we KNOW you’ll do everything you can to make sure the democrats win.”
The problem is half of the “little people” believe it was perfectly okay to target the mean old tea party.
If the IRS computers were unstable enough to lose vital e-mails, then they must also have been unstable enough to lose millions of taxpayer records over the years, and the IRS’s function of collecting revenues would have been impaired.
If Congress can’t subpoena the IRS’s e-mails, then Congress should subpoena the IRS’s hard drives to be examined by experts to determine how and why they were lost.
The IRS should also subpoena the IRS’s computer staff to determine what went wrong, and it should also subpoena the IRS staff in Cincinnati where the original IRS scandal was perpetrated.
Would a defense attorney representing a person indicted for murder not raise holy hell if he found out that the prosecution had mysteriously lost vital e-mails exonerating his client?
Congress is representing US against a government that wants to destroy our country. So why aren’t the members of Congress, besides Ted Cruz, flooding the airwaves and newspapers with their righteous anger to alert our citizens as Paul Revere once did, that our enemies are on the march and we’d better fight back?
I heard 8 of 11 hard drives failed. Coincidentally, those eight were the ones that belonged to the highest ranking people in the IRS.
They belonged to the people involved in the political targeting scheme, too.
Even more coincidental... raaaahht.
Cummings changed parties? R-Maryland???
Considering that Cummings was one of those involved in the targeting of Conservatives he is VERY pleased the emails are gone..I don’t need an IRS Commissioner to tell me what happened..the emails were destroyed, to protect Obama, Jarrett, the DOJ, and members of Congress who were behind the targeting..a 2 year old could figure that out
It’s his constituents who owe us an apology. Don’t hold your breath.
Hang them all and hang the Senators and Representatives who pressured the IRS into doing this and hang the CIC and AG and everyone else in this administration.
Hang them all for treason, conspiracy to treason, perjury, and a whole list of other crimes.
Not only are they claiming that they “lost” the emails, they are also claiming that they only keep employee emails for 6 months anyway. These lies rank right up there with “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it”.
Make no mistake that the left is pleased that a gov’t agency is targeting conservatives.
Bring in the IT guys responsible for the backups, the managers don’t have a clue how the backup works.
It’s no coincidence. Corruption causes hard drives to fail.